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this comes a day after the president surrounded himself with first responders he said could lose their job fist a meat cleaver of cuts take effect. the blame game rages on. >> republicans thus far have refused to do this. they refused to go on with the american public on the simple notion that balances the right approach to dealing with the problem. it's important to understand that if they hold that position and sequester those into effect and those americans will lose their jobs because republicans made a choice for that to happen. >> from the republican side today after defense secretary planned to impose furloughs, 800,000 civilian employees if the sequester hits, john boehner responded president obama is ultimately responsible for the military readiness and it's fair to ask, what is he doing to stop his sequester that would hollow out our armed forces. joining me now is kelly
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o'donnell. the president will kipitch this program that includes $50 billion for transportation infrastructure and a public-private partnership to attract financing that they have as a partnership to rebuild america and cutting red tape to get permits. sounds like a decent start. >> those are well-tested ideas. they like to see government deal with red tape and infrastructure is popular. those are solid ideas that the president can try to campaign on, if you will. he has the power of the office and the reach of the office that gives him a real advantage in this debate over the sequester cuts. being able to do those interviews across the country in key markets where there will likely be a profound impact and do an effect where he has himself surrounded by 50 responders. those are powerful queues to the public. the president is playing the game of going around congress and connect with citizens, hoping that will built pressure. what i'm hearing from both
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parties on the hill is that there is a expectation that march 1st will come and go and these cuts will go into effect and many say they expect there will be recalibration. will it take a couple of weeks or months to see where is the pressure point to get both parties back together. republicans will counter that they came up with an idea in the house to replace the cuts and don't want to talk about taxes. they want to see new taxes in the form of closing loopholes and things like that. that can be an idea that they would go along with. that is not what they are talking about. all the tax give backs they give in december, that means we are at a standoff and the president can use the power of interviews and travel and the stage craft that is putting pressure on him.
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>> she going straight to the american people and the white house press corps to get to the american people. what are you hearing behind the scenes? hurt feelings complaining about the weekend golf match and now this snub? >> there is a real issue here that may not be as obvious to people when they hear about the white house press corps being rattled. it's an issue about access. there is sort of a long decades long commitment to have the press pool that represents all of the media very close and accessible any time he is in public. people who covered the white house seen presidents of both parties do interviews with important constituencies and various markets. it's often a campaign strategy where you see it in battle ground states. here it's more the defense installations around the country. it may rattle people for the general public. the issue is access. that will always be a fight and
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always be tension between the media and the white house. it's a chance to see the president up close and the pribs pal of having the check and balance that the media can afford. it's one of the things they can make the appeals and hoping it will play big. it will cover the impact and when pink slips go out and effects take place, they will see it. >> great to see you. now our "news nation" political panel. we have radio talk show host msnbc contributor michael smerconish and columnist for the newspaper karen finney and jake sherman, reporter for politico. jake, i want to start with you. you have an article that we have been talking about. president obama's sequestration strategy. shame with tears. the political wins are in their favor and foregoing serious negotiations for a high risk public offensive banking on the president's ability to persuade and the gop will be scared of
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taking the blame and the white house said this is the kind of thing they gave the memory they claim over the debt limit. what are the reactions that you are hearing using that assessment of coverage that it's shame, a guilt strategy to get them to pony up. >> republicans have been closed to any new tax revenue which the president is demanding. the president is betting if he goes into the communities where people are going to get furloughed and there will be cuts, he will be able to build public support and bully them to raise tax revenue and blunt the sequester cuts. president obama has won these last two fights and perceived to have won the last two battles. what he has not been able to do by rallying the public is win votes in congress. he is deciding to essentially forego negotiations with john boehner for now.
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that only makes republicans angry. it's a complicated and dual edge strategy that is not sure it is going to work. march 1st, these cuts will go into place. we don't know when we will feel the impact for the end of march or april. we have time, but they have to come to the table at some point. >> nine days away. let's remind everybody how the president tried to rattle wages yesterday in demonstrating what the republican choices are. take a listen. >> border patrol agents will see hours reduced. fbi agents will be furloughed. federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go. air traffic controllers and airport security will see cut backs. they will add hundreds of thousands of americans to the unemployment roles. this is not an abstraction. people will lose their jobs. >> when this is mapped out time
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frame-wise, we say march 1st, but everyone is away right now. technically only four days to get it done and we will watch this be like an all nighter coming down to the last day. everybody around the country needs to then boils down to four work days, but one really tough day. >> remember members of congress are not here and most are at home. for the president to be on the airwaves and reaching out to those local papers and local media outlets while members are at home, that puts pressure on members and privately members will also say, even republicans, the concept behind this, we were never supposed to get to this place and this was supposed to be dealt with in the last congress. some voted for it. they thought they never have to deal with it. there a number of republicans and democrats who don't want to have to deal with the vote. where as we will see another four days like we have seen time and again, get your overnight
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kit ready for things to go right down to the wire yet again, i think this idea of letting it lapse is starting to gain steam. >> it is like buying the on sale bathing suit in the winter and june comes and crap, you are not ready. now you are forced to wear it. it's the only thing you got. you won't look so good. when john boehner wrote this in the journal, he said mr. president, we agree that the sequester is bad policy. now we have this jay carney tweeting in response and speaker boehner will be writing history in the wsj op ed. when he and 173 house voted for sequester. are we retelling history and making up what went down in the past? i talked about this earlier today in my hour saying there was nor gop dna and twitter lit
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up and saying no, no. it's the president. where does it fall? whose lap? >> depends who you ask. i know both sides derive political benefit from where this is headed. this might be with regard to the economy and not both sides being able to go back to constituencies and say truthfully here's where i stood and it happened nevertheless. it benefits the republicans because their mantra is one of we are not going along with spending cuts without tax increases and we can't have tax increases on top of the 600 billion we went along with. the president made a pitch to independence by saying the word compromise. i'm for doing this in a manner that compromises. i think it's going to happen a week from friday without a vote and that is also to the benefit of the members because they won't be held accountable for it. >> is this the new normal that
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we came to expect? >> yes. >> how washington works and is it how our founding fathers designed our system to work? isn't there a catch 22 here as we beat congress over this and isn't this the way we were designed to work? >> i can't go that far back in history, but in modern times and the time i have been paying attention which is three decades, i don't think the polarization has been anything like it is today. this entire situation is really representative of the complete inability of these two parties to work together. you can pick your side as to where the blame lies. it's a sad tale about where we are. >> as we talk about the team putting out we are on our fifth and 6th figure fiscal standoff since 2011. one after the other. something chuck todd addresses on nightly news last night. take a listen. >> we know how it will get resolved.
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the cuts go through march 1st, probably. the government runs out of funning at the end of march and they come up with a compromise deal. it doesn't quite fix things and they will punt something else down the road. the one thing i wonder is we know congress is unpopular. the president is testing the limits of the public cynicism. how much are they going to believe. how often are you going to say this? i'm through listening to washington. >> is this all a big set up as everybody is trying to read the waves coming down the ocean of what 2014 brings. does this set up the perfect example of why the house needs to be cleaned out? >> i think that's right. chuck is right. it will get punted. if you think about it in a larger context, the government runs out of monomarey on march and there is a series of fights on the tail end of this. something else that congress
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will grow tired of is this idea that it's obama's sequester. this is as much the house as it is obama. it's relevant to member was congress who devise this idea. john boehner pushed it through the house and harry reid pushed it through the senate. whether obama came up with the idea or came out of thin air is irrelevant to members of congress told by speaker boehner he would be able to find a solution. members of congress are sick and tired of hearing their republican leadership say this. >> after this went through, 98% he got what he wanted. was this basically republicans betting on they would have a different president come this time? >> that, but again the folks who were convinced by boehner to vote for this and some folks thought we wouldn't get to this. they thought we will shame ourselves and having to do our job before the end of the last
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congress. i don't think any of them have anticipated we would be five & we understand it's aggravating. if are most americans, it's really disappointing and terrifying to think that this is how the government is disfunctioning. >> it's ridiculous. we put it in real terms and bathing suit season is coming. >> get your one piece. >> get ready, it's coming. i appreciate your time. the hard sell and john mccain gets an earful in the meeting over immigration reform. take a look. >> why didn't the army go down there and stop them? the only thing that stops them i'm afraid to say and it's too damn bad, but is a gun. >> we will talk with latino ronald reyes about whether republicans will get anything done on immigration when they say things like what you just
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heard. we are following the latest on the bail hearing on oscar pistorius. one detective testifying that police found no inconsistencies in his story. we will have a live report for you and you can always join our conversation on twitter. you can find us at tamron hall and "news nation." we are back after this. so you say men are superior drivers? yeah. then how'd i get this... [ voice of dennis ] ...safe driving bonus check? every six months without an accident, allstate sends a check. ok. [ voice of dennis ] silence. are you in good hands? stay top of mind with customers? from deals that bring them in with an offer... to social media promotions that turn fans into customers... to events that engage and create buzz... to e-mails that keep loyal customers coming back, our easy-to-use tools will keep you
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so new information the president is reaching out to senators working to get a reform bill off the ground. the white house reporting that the president called three of four senators working on a bipartisan bill. john mccain, marco rubio and lindsey graham all got a call. he remains supportive of their work after a leaked plan that
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republicans say undermines congressional efforts. republicans are having a hard time selling key elements of the plan to their base. two town hall meetings in the home state of arizona, john mccain faced angry questions from his constituents. >> why didn't the army go stop them? the only thing that stops them i'm afraid to say and it's too damn bad is a gun. >> the border is long, sir. i don't know how many troops or army people you think would have been required. i don't know how many you think is required, but i will give you expert information that shows you are talking about two million soldiers. >> cutoff their welfare and they will go back. >> joining me now live here is columnist and latino contributor raul reyes. as we talked about the optics of that town hall, i will go back
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to the phone calls that took place with the president reaching out to lindsey graham & marco rubio and members of the immigration eight. calling marco rubio as he is on the trip to the mideast and he is in israel, the senator told the president he feels good about the negotiations and hopeful the final product is something that can pass the senate with strong support. as this coverage continues about going back and forth and not having the personal relationships to get it off the ground, what do you make of the fact that the phone calls were made? >> i think it was a wise move. right now they have this symbiotic relationship because they need each other to push reform for it to succeed. i wouldn't say they are amigos. >> you call them frenemies. >> right, frenemies. they have this relationship that the president has not reached
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out. now the president has the situation saying okay, look. i called you. the ironic thing is just last year when marco was complaining, saying he was removed from the process, typically just like as we saw with the leaked document, he said he is undermining the process and defeat it that way. >> for makes it interesting with the president coming out and having that remark about the sequester. brow beating the gop and here's the tactics and gorging the relationships. when we got the phone call, we have gm who is holding the town halls and he gave interesting responses. take a look.
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you can't do that. why can't you? we are a judeo christian principaled nation. >> you said build a dang fence. where is the fence? >> in case you missed it -- >> that's not a fence. >> we're put up a banana with $600 million worth of appropriations. >> it was funny he was able to respond and stay fluid with the critics. it was a tough crowd. he sounds like chuck schumer. is that telling where he stands moving forward in his ability to seriously commit to working with the president. >> i think it reflects where he is going. looking at the town hall unfortunately the type of anger he is receiving and what it reflects is the scapegoating and the demonizing of immigrants that the republican party has been a part of over the last few
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years. now you have these people making claims that the undocumented immigrants are on cell fair and receiving social security, none of which are true. mccain finds himself in a position to fight back against the sentiments which helped create. it's a tough job. but the fact is a majority of people do want comprehensive reform. these people who have the misinformation are a minority. they are very vocal. >> one thing i wanted to get out is the phone call with the president saying that the obama administration on immigration was not an issue. president obama gave a statement through jay carney saying that the president was very encouraged by the bipartisan group in the senate. is that all it's going to take. i'm looking over and now i need to back off. >> he has to be part of it, but sort of keep hands off. indirect pressure, if you will.
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it's interesting. just today we saw a new coalition with the campaign for citizenship and all the groups with the asian americans and latinos and evangelicals and pushing for tuesdayship and immigration reform. that's snag they need to keep in mind. there is coalitions around this issue. it's going to be happening. they need to get on board and be part of it. >> thank you, sir. >> i want to pass along breaking news. the wife of jesse jackson junior at any moment expected to follow in her husband's footsteps, pleading guilty to campaign funds. will get you the latest on that. senator has come clean about fathering a son out of wedlock three decades ago. why he decided to keep it a secret for years and now why is he telling everybody. one of the things we thought you should know. the usual, bob?
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. oscar pistorius was back in court for day two of the bail hearing. no decision on whether he will be released for facing trail on the murder of his girlfriend. he is challenging much of the evidence against him including witness accounts of shouting and screaming coming from the house on the night of the shooting. there questions about earlier reports that claimed a banned substance was found in pistorius's bedroom. michelle was in the courtroom and joins us now to fill us in. michelle? >> reporter: this was really a fascinating, unexpected level of detail in the testimony today. we had a chief police investigator on the stand who said on the night of the killing, pistorius would have to walk down a 23 footlong hall way and go in the booth room where he feared there was a burglar, shoot four shots in a small enclosed toilet from about five
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feet away. he would have been wearing his prosthetic legs because the trajectory was at a downward angle and the bullet holes were high in the door. in his account of what happened he said he was not wearing his legs and that's one reason he was afraid of this possible burglar. what's more, he has two witness statements. one from a woman who claims she heard what sound like fighting for a full hour between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m. after which she heard gunfire. another neighbor claimed he heard the shots and went on to his balcony and saw lights on. he heard then a woman scream two or three times and followed by another few gunshots. in pistorius's account he woke up in the middle of the night and heard a noise and thought it was a burglar and thought his girlfriend was in bed. it was pitch dark and couldn't see anything and grabbed the gun and fired the shots and later
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realized what happened. one of the most interesting times was when the investigator said we found steroids. testosterone and needles in his bedroom. this caused the courtroom to gasp. this was a big deal. under hefty grilling by defense attorneys, he said yeah, i don't actually know that was testosterone. i don't know what it was. he had seen the first word on the boxes and assumed it had something to do with testosterone. that substance is being tested and tomorrow we should know whether or not pistorius will be released on bail or transferred and held in a prison. back to you. >> michelle kosinski reporting from south africa. >> it's not just about whether we will be compelled to send our troops to another battle, but whether we will be able to send our graduates into a thriving
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workforce. that's why i'm here total. >> we will break down the message secretary of state john kerry is sending to the nation and the world with his first policy speech on the new administration. there is a lot going on and here are the things we thought you should know. a ceremony, vice president biden [ ed the medal of valor to 18 public safety officers from across the country. >> i want to thank you all on behalf of myself and the president. on behalf of the american people. whoa are safer, feel safer and are more secure and feel more secure in their lives and homes because of what you all do. >> four of today's recipients received their medals in a post muss remark. the medal has been awarded 73 times since 2001. >> domenici fathered a son 30
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years ago and kept the secret on behalf of the mother. he apologized to his family and hopes his accomplishments outweigh his personal transgression. conan o'brien has been tapped to host the correspondent's dinner in april. it will be the second time hosting that effect. he last did it in 1995 when bill clinton was the president and those are the things we thought you should know. t it's done to my hair, so i'm doing something new. new age defy shampoo, conditioner and treatment from pantene. it's a system with pro-vitamins and caffeine. 7 signs of aging hair, like dryness and damage, virtually disappear. to make it act up to 10 years younger. my hair act its age? never. new age defy. hair acts up to 10 years younger. from the pantene expert collection. hair acts up to 10 years younger. all stations come over to mithis is for real this time. step seven point two one two.
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policy matters more than ever before to our everyday lives. to the opportunities of all the students i met standing outside, whatever year they are here, thinking about the future. it's important not just in terms of the threats we face, but the products that we buy, the goods that we sell and the opportunity that we provide for economic growth and vitality. it's not just about whether we will be compelled to send our troops to another battle, but whether we will be able to send graduates into a thriving workforce. >> joining me now is national security reporter brian bender and former ambassador to greece. it's good to have you here. i want to start with you. what is your impression of how john kerry did? this is his first time in his new with the policy speech. >> i thought it was an
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impressive first speech and it had a tough and stark message. we can't be strong overseas if we are not strong at home. in other words, a lot of power in the world. our military power and diplomatic reach depends on a sound, strong economy is at risk because of the dysfunction in washington and this possibility of sequestration and a weakening of our government and the inability to deal with the budget imbalances. i thought it was impress that he he focus on that because most people think that the economy is you will actually the biggest issue concerning foreign policy. >> for most americans, a lot of us are self-involved with what it is happening within our borders unless we have a loved one who is traveling or a part of the military and secretary kerry spoke to not living in a vacuum. take a listen. >> it's our job to connect those dots. to connect them to the american people between what we do-over there and the size of the
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difference that it makes over here at home. why the price of abandoning our global efforts would be kpeshitant and the vacuum will quickly be filled by those whose interests differ dramatically from ours. >> john kerry's first trip is going to be a large one. we can show the united kingdom. italy, turkey, egypt, germany, saudi arabia and qatar, an ambitious trip. how do you think he will be accepted as the new secretary of state in these countries? what will be the most uphill climb? >> this will be an effort to reacquaint himself in some respects to a lost foreign leaders he knows well. they certainly know him as chairman of the committee for the last four years.
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he certainly has a lot on his plate. no doubt about that. all across this trip whether it's european capitals or the middle east, there looming issues. there is a civil war in syria and iran's march towards a nuclear weapons program. the middle east peace process is basically stalled. i think it's interesting to watch kerry now that he is the top diplomat to carry out foreign policy as opposed to expounding on what he thinks foreign policy should be which is the role he played as a senator. >> approximate are as we understand it that will be discussed, malli and ambassador we know that the president who is going to israel in the spring will be accompanied by john kerry. the pairing that was obama and clinton, what do you think of the pairing that will be obama
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and kerry? >> it's an impressive team. both know a lot about foreign policy. the choice of europe and the mideast are important for symbolic reasons. some europeans felt that the obama administration paid too much attention to asia. this trip signals that nato is an enduring partnership for us and going to the mideast, you have so many crisis that they need to deal with from syria to iran to continued troubles in egypt and iraq. it makes sense to start here. i think that what the world is looking for for the united states is leadership. they are looking for an outward-leaning america, not trying to drawback into our borders as the far right or even the far left would have us do. secretary kerry you have a convincing and convinced international which is a great strength. >> based on that, the pivot to
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asia is in the confirmation hearings and he said i'm not convinced that a ramp up in the asia-pacific area is critical yet. that is something i want to look at very carefully. when you hear that and we talk about what experience level he is bringing here especially the bigger picture of we know the fish that need to be fried first, what do you make of that? >> i think secretary kerry laid out that in his speech with the university of virginia. this idea that america's arsenal is not simply military in nature. we have ideas that should be able to win over some of our partners in the world and when it comes to asia, kerry wants the trend very carefully. clearly there differences of opinion twebetween us and china. he wants to play the role of diplomat and find a way forward with the chinese without confronting the military.
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i think that's something the obama administration more broad lie believes in. >> he will be leaving on that trip on february 24th through march 6th. a big wide swath for secretary kerry whoa will be marking his mark to start. i appreciate it. >> thank you. >> we are following breaking news any moment now. the wife of jesse jackson junior will enter a guilty plea to federal tax fraud charges stemming from her husband's misuse of funds. the former congressman entered with his wife before entering his own guilty plea. after that hearing, jackson asked reporters to tell everyone he is sorry. he could be facing several years in prison. the justice correspondent joins me now. this was not a big surprise that we saw this morning. explain what comes next for the congressman as well as his wife. >> he wife will be pleading guilty in a few minutes. they just walked into court
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holding hands we are told by our producer. jackson did plead guilty and will be sentenced in june. he could face around four years in prison. his lawyer did say he hopes the judge will take into account a couple of factors. number one, the long public service career, 17 years in congress. number two, his mental problems. he has been diagnosed with bipolar disease. number three, the father of two young children and said at the sentencing, he will hope to persuade the judge to downward depart. the agreement calls for him to serve somewhere between 3.8 and 4.75 years in prison. he is going to serve prison time. we did learn more about the extent of the crime. he pleaded guilty here and using money that was given to his congressional campaign for himself and his wife using it for personal expenses.
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some of this was known and today we learned that they have been doing this, the government claims and he pleaded guilty for seven years, making over 3100 separate purchases which total $750,000. furniture for their houses and jewelry and fur coats. two mounted elk heads from a tax dermist and memorability associated with dr. martin luther king and bruce and the rocky jimmy hendrix and michael jackson. furniture and trips and restaurant visits, you name it. jackson told the judge i have been living off my campaign for several years. >> the other thing as you brought up, the lawyer talked about health issues. one thing we know before sentencing, jackson is supposed to go in weekly for testing for some type of substance abuse, to test his blood for anything he
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is taking outside of his medical treatment? >> presumably, yes. >> thanks. coming up, the obama administration launching a new plan against cyber theft. china continues to deny widespread hacking here in the u.s. a live report from the white house. baked in a rich, creamy alfredo sauce. she calls them her new comfort bakes. marie callender's. it's time to savor. she calls them her new comfort bakes. i've always had to keep my eye on her... but, i didn't always watch out for myself. with so much noise about health care... i tuned it all out. with unitedhealthcare, i get information that matters... my individual health profile. not random statistics. they even reward me for addressing my health risks. so i'm doing fine... but she's still going to give me a heart attack. we're more than 78,000 people looking out for more than 70 million americans. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare.
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toviaz can cause blurred vision, dizziness, drowsiness and decreased sweating. do not drive, operate machinery or do unsafe tasks until you know how toviaz affects you. the most common side effects are dry mouth and constipation. talk to your doctor about toviaz. minutes from now, the white house will strike back at stealing data from the government and trade secrets from the corporations. this comes after a firm released evidence that china engaged in kiber warfare against american companies and official agencies. live from the white house was more on this. why was this coming from such a boil. >> here's what we can tell you
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about they are going to do a better job of coordinating and cracking down on the theft of trade secrets. this is not going to be directed in any one country, but it does come a day after one company announced that china increased the cyber attacks against the united states. we expect a number of representatives from large corporations from ge and american and super conductor that will be at the event. they will work on cracking down. the chair of the house intelligence, they commented on this idea and said that theft of american intellectual property is unprecedented at this point in time and at an all time high.
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this has an impact on the broader economy and can wind up costing american jobs. that is the concern in terms of what the finer details are, we will have to learn them when they are revealed within the hour. the main focus and broader strategy is to do a better job of coordinating the government's response to crack down on theft of trade secrets. >> as we talked about the company being hacked, the new york times and "the washington post" and "wall street journal" and apple, nortel networks and this is not small potato stuff. in talking earlier, they talked about the legislation, what's the appetite for getting something like this done? >> i think that there is bipartisan support for cracking down on cyber theft and improving cyber security. the question is how exactly do you do it?
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as you mentioned, president obama calling for legislation that would improve cyber security. he also passed an executive order aimed at improving cyber security. this is a real focus of the administration and something you can expect president obama to talk about and focus on in his second term, of course and terms of something getting passed through congress, the devil is in the details. there is a broad base of support for addressing the issue. there is an understanding that the economy could be impacted. thank you. >> "news nation" gut check. will connecticut be the fifth to ban smoking in cars with young kids inside? we will look at both sides including those who say such a law is government overreach. [ male announcer ] how do you measure happiness?
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we will be back and connecticut could join a handful
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of other states that banned smoking where a child is present. a state committee is taking up a proposed ban. we get the latest from a reporter. our nbc station, wvit. >> every time chris heads out with her two sons, safety is the number one thing on her mind. >> we're want our kids to be in safe places always. >> that's why chris supports a move to ban smoking in cars. >> even as we drive around and see kids that are at a stoplight next to us and you can see shn is smoking in the car, our heart goes out to those kids. >> i don't like it. if you are in the car, once you breathe it in, you could hurt yourself. >> a bill would make it illegal to smoke in a car with children under 7. >> when are you put a small child in, you have a responsibility. you have a right. the right thing to do is take care of that child. >> a 2006 harvard study shows even with the windows slightly
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opened, a single cigarette can produce hazardous levels of contaminants. >> the first time will be a violation and the second time will be a penalty. lawmakers say that should act as a deterrent. >> if you are exposing young children at a young age, that's not right. >> opponents of the law say it's an overreach of government and many wonder how it will be enforced. the bill said law enforcement officers told him it will be treated like the seatbelt law. if they see someone smoking and a child inside, the driver could get a warning or ticket. >> it's going to help. no question. >> i would ask them to think about the children in their care. >> that was from our nbc station, wvit. should connecticut lawmakers approve a ban on smoking with children so young inside? go to facebook and cast your vote there. that will do it for this edition. don't go anywhere. the cycle comes your way next.
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